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Co-op Students

Participating in the Northeastern University and HSyE Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program is an exceptional opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in applying industrial engineering and operations research to healthcare, while at the same time working with some of the best healthcare systems in Boston and around the country.

Co-op students apply industrial engineering methods to important healthcare problems, including care improvement, population health, efficiency, safety, and overall costs. They'll work on interdisciplinary teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, clinicians, and healthcare managers, allowing them to gain insight and experience that is invaluable as they begin their careers.

ACJ Merit Scholarship

The AJC Merit Research Scholarship provides academically excellent undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in a full-time, research co-op in the lab of a tenured or tenure-track Northeastern University faculty member in the STEM fields – at a wage comparable to what they might earn in industry. 


Typical co-op responsibilities include:​

  • Assist with two or more projects in local health systems

  • Support the overall team and project needs, depending on the specific projects

  • Data analysis, process observation and flow mapping, six sigma projects, computer simulation, linear programming, queuing analysis, scheduling, staffing, and supply chain management projects

  • Assist with preparing project reports and develop professional presentations

  • Gain responsibility for certain aspects of each project.

  • Provide general ad hoc support for projects as needs arise

Depending on project work, co-op students often gain skills in:

  • Advanced excel and visual basic for applications (VBA)

  • Access databases

  • Arena and VBA simulation

  • Linear programming

  • Forecasting and prediction

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The co-op program is open to sophomores through seniors studying industrial engineering. Successful candidates will possess students strong industrial engineering methods, the ability to work independently and in groups, time management skills, a commitment to excellence, a "can do" work ethic, and must have a desire to make a difference. Students should also be passionate about healthcare, have a familiarity with Excel, display professionalism, hard work, and a willingness to learn new skills. Strong communication skills are required as well.


We are looking for students to join us at the forefront of healthcare improvement and innovation. Co-op students are employed for six month terms: January - June, and July - December. Positions are available at Northeastern's main campus in Boston and satellite campus in Seattle. If you are a Northeastern student, please submit a resume through Northeastern's "NUCareers" website. Students not affiliated with Northeastern are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript to Dr. James Benneyan at

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